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“small but good rooms, great location”
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Vida Downtown
Ranked #60 of 546 Hotels in Dubai
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“small but good rooms, great location”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

perfectly positioned near Dubai Mall, the Qamardeen gives you outstanding access to the Burj Khalifa, water fountains and endless choices of restaurants around the souq.

The hotel is well appointed and standard rooms are nice but small. The gym is woeful!!! small and most machines don't work. Its reasonably priced but it's all about location/access to the mall here...and don't worry if you're a distance from other parts of Dubai; taxi's are cheap as chips.

This is a great choice for business or holiday stays.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, 4 March 2012
Dear 'StevenBSydney'

Thank you for staying with us and more-so for sharing your feedback on your last stay.

I have noted your comment regarding some of the gym machines not working and I would like to confirm that we have placed an order to replace the treadmills as well as additional cardio equipment and we should have all the equipment working in a short while.

I do hope this does not deter you from staying with us in the near future.

My Best Regards

John Aritho

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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Good hotel with one big benefit: it's close to Dubai Mall and the new downtown around it.
It has good services and the price is about 50% less than the hotels right next to Dubai Mall.
Avoid the rooms on the groundlevel, it is very noisy there.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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JohnAritho, General Manager at Vida Downtown, responded to this review, 4 March 2012
Dear Guest - 'Denabs',

Thank you very much for getting the time to share your views about your last stay.

With regards to the ground floor rooms, we are currently working on the window seals to ensure that no street noise comes through the windows or doors as they are double glazed and should prevent any noise from filtering in.

We do appreciate your comment and hope that we can resolve this shortly.

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

We spent 2 nights here – on the way out and the way back from a trip to Australia.

On the way out it was “fine”. We were on the west of the hotel and there was a building site nearby – not too intrusive but just enough to hold off leaving the windows open. We went into the buffet breakfast as it started at 6.30 and some of the dishes were not really warm

Coming back the other way we asked to be away from the building site and were upgraded to a lovely suite on the other side of the hotel! We had breakfast at a more normal time (8.30) and the throughput seemed to have solved the warmed over food problem - it was very good.

It was also heartening to get sent a customer questionnaire by email after we left and to get a response to our comment amount breakfast. A place that tries hard and is a good stop over – it’s walking distance to Dubai Mall and Burj al Khalifa

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

stayed for 3 nights had a twin room which was a corner room very big! the bathrooms are on the small side but perfectly ok, the service was very good on arrival had fresh juice, some lovely dates and cold towels, they also gave me a late check out till 2pm for free and a courtesy room after that to shower and change in, as did not leave till 10pm.

if you are a sun lover and like to be out in it all day the hotel pool is not for you it does not get much sun and is SO cold.

There is free wfi in the rooms and hotel, and its only a 10 min walk to mall fountains etc and i walk very slowly! every where is very clean the staff are always cleaning picking up litter etc.

For the price i paid which i think was approx £130 per night it was good value for money for a central city hotel , breakast worked out at 85 dhms (£14) there was a great choice of everything.

i would consider staying here again if i was on a quick trip.

Room Tip: ask for a corner room or if you want straight access to pool a ground floor room
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

From check in to check out, we experienced the best service. Everyone from bellman, reception, housekeeping, the staff was incredible and really set the tone for us. It really made a difference. The room was great, we were over the pool area. We were so busy, we didn't spend a lot of time in it. There was some street noise as i am sensitive to noise but it really wasn't bad. The location was perfect. Close to the mall, the Burge Halifa, the fountains and the train which we ended up using a lot to get to other places. The hotel did provide a shuttle, but we didn't use as the times didn't work out with what we wanted to do. The hotel delivered a cake for our Anniversary!! What a thoughtful gesture. The concierge was also very helpful. Throught our stay in the city, we really felt we made the right choice with the Qamardeen.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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baghdad,iraq
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

we stayed for night here and it was so nice
first and foremost its superb location to Dubai mall Burj Khalifa and the dancing fountains which are really amazing
very friendly staff .
Fastest check in and check out all my life
check out was made in 30 seconds
Breakfast was good and the outdoor seating by the pool was magnifecent
One negative point as indicated by a previos review was the AC in the room as you cant raise the temp more than 20C but it was not a real problem as the temp was moderate outside

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Changed my reservation for this trip as my last stay was good. Sadly this time I paid more as there was a conference, and was stuck in a bad room next to AC units and overlooking building site. Disappointed also that they've stopped sieving a beer in the upstairs lounge, I don't want to sit in the restaurant to have a beer

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: Vida Downtown
Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, The Old Town | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 114788, United Arab Emirates
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Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > Downtown Dubai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Dubai
#26 Family Hotel in Dubai
#46 Romantic Hotel in Dubai
#55 Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vida Downtown 4*
Number of rooms: 156
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vida Downtown (previously Qamardeen Hotel) takes shape as six floors of fresh, urban styling with bright, airy private and public spaces. Sitting in the Old Town precinct of Dubai just a short walk from Burj Khalifa, eclectic souks, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, and a short drive from, The Dubai International Financial Centre, the airport and beaches. This is, literally, the place to be. Please note that all rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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